Rhodes Scholarships at the University of Oxford 955 views


31 August 2019, 13 September 2019, 27 September 2019, 30 September 2019, 2 October 2019, 11 October 2019, 12 October 2019, 31 October 2019

Type of Funding

Fully funded




The Rhodes Scholarships are postgraduate awards supporting outstanding and exceptional all-round students at the University of Oxford, and applications are now open for studies commencing AY 2020 (October 2020). Over 100 Rhodes Scholarships for eligible constituencies/countries will be on offer, including 2 Global Scholarships for candidates from the rest of the world:

  • Australia (9)
  • Bermuda (1)
  • Canada (11)
  • China (4)
  • East Africa (1) (covering Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, South Sudan and Burundi)
  • Germany (2)
  • Hong Kong (1)
  • India (5)
  • Israel (2)
  • Jamaica & The Commonwealth Caribbean (2) (covering Antigua, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, St. Kitts-Nevis, Montserrat, Anguilla, the Turks and Caicos Islands, Cayman Islands and British Virgin Islands)
  • Kenya (2)
  • Malaysia (1)
  • New Zealand (3)
  • Pakistan (1)
  • Saudi Arabua (Up to 2)
  • Singapore (1)
  • Southern Africa (10) (Covering South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia and eSwatini)
  • Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine (2)
  • United Arab Emirates (2)
  • United States of America (32)
  • West Africa (1) (Covering Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, the island of Saint Helena, Senegal, Sierra Leone, São Tomé and Principe, and Togo)
  • Zambia (2)
  • Zimbabwe (2)
  • Global (2)

Rhodes Scholars may read for any full-time postgraduate degree (including the BA with senior status over 2 years) at the University of Oxford, subject to limited restrictions.


A Rhodes Scholarship covers all Oxford University and College fees and application fees and a living stipend (£15,141 per annum 2018-19). The scholarship also covers a return economy class airfare to Oxford.  Scholars are given a settling in allowance on arrival (£225 in 2017-18), and the International Health Surcharge for the duration of a Scholar’s tenure, which enables international students to access the UK’s National Health Service.

The tenure of the scholarship is for 2 years in the first instance. But the tenure also depends on the permitted combinations of degrees, which will determine how many years of study are covered by the Scholarship, as it depends on course choice – for example, up to 3 years of fees and stipend will be given to Scholars who choose to undertake a DPhil (PhD) at Oxford.

A number of research grants are also available to Rhodes Scholars, on application, which enables Scholars to, for example, attend international conferences or conduct additional fieldwork.


Applicants must be citizens and residents of the Rhodes countries listed above, and for those who are not from these countries, they can apply under the Global Rhodes scholarships. Age limits vary between constituencies and generally applicants should be aged between 19 and 26. They should be young women and men of outstanding intellect, character, leadership, and commitment to service, with the strong propensity of emerging as ‘leaders for the world’s future’.  They should have a vision of how the world could be better and the energy to make a difference, whatever their sphere of interest. 

Scholars must commence studies in October 2020 and the Scholarship may not normally be deferred.

All applicants must have completed (or will have completed by June / July 2019) an undergraduate degree with a First Class or minimum GPA minimum 3.75 (or equivalent). Academic standing must be sufficiently high to ensure admission to the University of Oxford and to give confidence that Rhodes Scholars will perform to a high academic standard in Oxford. They must also have a high standard of English proficiency.

The University of Oxford is looking for the following qualities in Rhodes Scholarship applicants:

  • literary and scholastic attainments
  • the energy to use ones’s talents to the full,  for example through achievement in areas such as sports, music, debate, dance, theatre, and artistic pursuits, particularly where teamwork is involved
  • truth, courage, devotion to duty, sympathy for and protection of the weak, kindliness, unselfishness and fellowship, and
  • moral force of character and instincts to lead, and to take an interest in one’s fellow beings.

Please see the Official Website for specific eligibility requirements by country/constituency.


Applications are to done online (there are exceptions in certain countries – see the Official Website for specific modes of application). The application deadlines are:

  • Australia: 13 September 2019
  • Bermuda, Zambia: 31 October 2019
  • Canada: 27 September 2019
  • China: 12 October 2019
  • East Africa and Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine, Kenya, Malaysia, Zimbabwee: 31 August 2019
  • Germany, Hong Kong, Jamaica and the Commonwealth Caribbean, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, West Africa: 30 September 2019
  • India: 31 July 2019
  • Israel, USA: 2 October 2019
  • New Zealand, Pakistan: 1 August 2019
  • Southern Africa: 15 August 2019
  • Zambia: 11 October 2019
  • Global: 31 July 2019

What is DevWise?

DevWise is an online portal created for people studying in and working for the international development sector. Our goal is to help you find opportunities that enable you to engage in development studies/work better.

Subscribe to the newsletter!

We respect your privacy. We will never share your information with others.

 More about Devwise